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Employment and Unemployment

Thu. July 28, 2016

In June, the unemployment rate rose to 4.9 percent.

Buffenbarger Urges Congress Not to Drop Hammer on Unemployed

Wed. December 18, 2013
Amid a painfully slow economic recovery, IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger called on Congress to extend Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) to the nation’s unemployed.

Thirty-five States End Emergency Jobless Benefits

Thu. August 09, 2012

After this week, no state will provide additional weeks of emergency unemployment insurance. More than a half million workers will be affected.

Helping Hands In Hard Times

Mon. July 30, 2012

As the great recession rages and ravages parts of middle-class America, the economy is also starting to crush many upper-class families who’ve fallen on hard times!

Tell Congress to Stop UI Debit Card Fees

Tue. April 10, 2012

Prepaid bank cards provide the jobless easy access to their benefits and can help those without a bank account avoid check-cashing fees and the risk of carrying cash. However, Big Banks are stinging too many unemployed Americans with unnecessary and hidden costs.

Machinists Endorse President Obama

Mon. March 19, 2012

The IAM’s Machinists Non-Partisan Political League voted to endorse President Barack Obama for a second term. During the same week, President Obama addressed an enthusiastic crowd at Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner facility in Everett, WA, and called for a renewed national effort to create manufacturing jobs.

Helping Unemployed Veterans

Tue. February 21, 2012

Scott Sunsvold served in Afghanistan.  Although he's held several communications positions since then, he and 800-thousand other veterans are now looking for work.

GOP Demanding Diplomas, Drug Tests for Unemployed

Thu. February 16, 2012

Millions of jobless Americans are - yet, again - slated to lose their unemployment benefits if Congress fails to extend benefits before February 29, 2012.

Battles Rage over Drug Tests for Unemployed

Thu. February 09, 2012

Senate Democrats have offered an emergency plan for extending unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for millions of jobless Americans whose benefits are set to expire on February 29, 2012.

Unemployed Veterens Factoid

Fri. February 03, 2012

Yesterday, the White House detailed its new Veterans Jobs Corps that will put 20,000 vets to work over the next five years. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki described it as a “bold new effort” to lower the unemployment rate for veterans. And Interior Secretary Ken Salazar suggested that the program – aimed at preserving and restoring national parks -- is based on the FDR-era Civilian Conservation Corps.

Pelosi Speaks in Support of Workers’ Rights

Thu. December 01, 2011

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor yesterday against the Republicans’ so-called Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act.

Jobs Crisis Pushes More Families into Poverty

Thu. September 15, 2011

New data released by the Census Bureau shows that nearly one in six Americans now lives below the federal poverty line – earning less than $22,314 a year for a family of four. Not only did the poverty level jump, but household income dropped below 1997 levels. The only group to have significant income gains were the richest one percent of Americans.

UCubed Announces the ‘Pink Slip Primary’

Tue. July 26, 2011

The Union of Unemployed (UCubed) will be holding its own election ahead of the 2012 primaries. Aimed at focusing the U.S. political agenda on JOBS Now! and giving the jobless a chance to vote for or against presidential candidates who talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk, UCubed is introducing the “Pink Slip Primary.”

A Vision for Economic Renewal -- An American Jobs Agenda

Tue. July 26, 2011

America is facing a catastrophic jobs crisis. Not since the Great Depression has official unemployment hovered above nine percent -- where it is today -- for more than 20 months. Millions of American have given up looking for a job altogether. Even worse, real unemployment is more than 18%. Yet Washington overall has obviously yet to embrace a large-scale job creation agenda. Even if we reach consensus around the deficit -- the only economic issue even getting any attention these days -- it will do little to help the 29 million Americans who are unemployed in real terms. If we do not seriously tackle jobs, our country may never regain its competitive global edge.

Updated UCubed Map Showcases Broad GOP Attack on Jobless

Thu. July 21, 2011

More than 6.8 million jobless Americans are about to see their situations go from bad to worse.

Hindery Argues for Sound U.S. Manufacturing Policy

Thu. June 23, 2011

In an op-ed published on The Huffington Post, Leo Hindery, Chairman of the Smart Globalization Initiative at the New America Foundation, explains “Why We Need a Manufacturing Renaissance – Economically and Ethically.”

UCubed Attends 6th Annual Netroots Nation Convention

Tue. June 21, 2011

The Union of Unemployed (UCubed) joined thousands of labor activists and progressive bloggers at the 2011 Netroots Nation Convention in Minneapolis, MN.

Pawlenty Endorses Union of Unemployed?

Tue. May 24, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty came very close to endorsing the Union of Unemployed, nicknamed UCubed. “While not a full-throated endorsement,” explained UCubed Executive Director Rick Sloan, “the former Minnesota governor is whispering our tune.”

UCubed to Jobless: ‘Tell It Like It Is’

Tue. May 10, 2011

UCubed is asking the jobless for their help in designing a bumper sticker that sums up what it means to be unemployed in America.

'The Jobs Czar from Hell'

Thu. April 07, 2011
In a column published in the San Francisco Chronicle, self-described “token conservative” columnist Debra J. Saunders describes General Electric Chairman and Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt as the “Jobs Czar from Hell.”

America's Foreclosure Crisis

Wed. March 30, 2011
March 30, 2010 - Being able to afford a home used to be the American dream but in today's world, that's not as easy as it once was.

UCubed Creates ‘Marching to Madness’ Unemployment Brackets

Thu. March 10, 2011
New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveal the states with the top unemployment rates. Nevada registered the highest unemployment rate with 14.2 percent in January. The states with the next highest rates were California with 12.4 percent and Florida at 11.9 percent. Rhode Island, 11.3 percent; Michigan, 10.7 percent; and South Carolina, 10.5 percent, round out the remaining top five.

UCubed Demands New Focus on Jobs

Fri. March 04, 2011
The new unemployment numbers are in, and the results continue to depress. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is reporting that unemployment numbers have decreased for the third month in a row to 8.9 percent – the lowest since 2009. But, the tenth of a percent change is not to be confused with any real job creation, warns UCubed Acting Executive Director Rick Sloan.

Several States Refuse Federal Unemployment Assistance, Jobless Residents Suffer

Thu. January 13, 2011
As many as 244,000 unemployed workers are missing out on receiving much-needed unemployment benefits, says a

UCubed Calls for Constitutional Jobs Amendment

Tue. January 11, 2011
Ur Union of Unemployed is ratcheting up the fight for employment security with a campaign for a joint resolution to create a constitutional amendment that would guarantee every citizen the right to earn a living.

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